Meath Samuel Group
A guided spirutal formation programme for young adults (ages 18-39)
Are you ready
for a faith-filled journey?
Samuel Groups take their name from the story of the Prophet Samuel told in Chapter 3 of the First Book of Samuel in the Old Testament. Samuel, still a young boy, hears a voice call him by name and thinks it is the voice of the priest Eli. At first Eli does not realise what is happening but when the call is repeated a number of times he recognises that this is the voice of God. He tells Samuel that when he next hears the voice he should answer, “Speak, Lord, your servant is listening.” The story of Samuel’s Vocations begins…
Speak Lord, your servant is listening
(1 Samuel 3:10)
WONDERING WHAT GOD IS CALLING YOU TO DO WITH YOUR LIFE?
Who are Samuel Groups suitable for?
Samuel Groups are for young adults (age 18-39), who are seeking to grow in the spiritual life and are wondering what God is calling them to do with their lives. The aim is to help participants discern their direction in life, whether this is to marriage or dedicated single life, to priesthood or consecrated life. It would also suit those who are making decisions about their career, or about spending time as a missionary or volunteer.
All those who take part, grow their understanding of what it is to make decisions as a Christian; the main aim is that participants will end the programme with a clearer view of God’s will for their life. The groups wil help ignite a passion for listening to and serving the Lord. It will lay the foundation for living a discerning life in the day to day and in the bigger decisions of life.
What happens in the monthly group meeting?
The heart of the group meetings is a time of Lectio Divina or prayer with the Bible. As well as this there will be some social time, and often a guest speaker and time for discussion. The precise details will vary from group to group. During the sessions, participants will explore and grow in their understanding of the various ways God speaks to them in the depths of their hearts through self-knowledge, interior freedom and daily personal prayer.
What time commitment is involved?
Participants take time to Listen to God and His Word speaking to their life. They commit to attending monthly meetings over a period of eight months with the Group and to meeting individually with a spiritual guide.
What is a Spiritual Guide?
Guides are experienced people of prayer who walk with those they are guiding, and can suggest ways of renewing and deepening prayer. They listen as participants speak about their prayer life and can help them clarify what God is saying in prayer.
The monthly meeting with a spiritual guide is a time for the Samuel participant to speak in total confidentially about their prayer-life and their spiritual journey. Participants will share with their guide the question(s) they are bringing before God during the time of the Samuel Group and guides will help them to explore the decisions in the light of prayer.